Friday, March 24, 2017

The Zombies Show No Decay As They Prepare to Stroll into Nashville

The Zombies continue their remarkable 21st-century resurgence with a North American tour, the release of a lavish coffee-table book and reissues on CD and Vinyl. The Spring 2017 trek across the U.S. and Canada, which will continue to England and Europe later next year, includes the final full-album performances of Odessey and Oracle reuniting all four surviving members of the group, with Colin Blunstone on lead vocals, Rod Argent on keyboards/vocals, Chris White on bass/vocals, and Hugh Grundy on drums and will land in Music City fpr One Night Only on April 9 at the Tennessee PAC James K. Polk Theater.

Along with founding members Blunstone and Argent, the current line-up of the Zombies, celebrating their current release Still Got That Hunger on The End Records includes bassist Jim Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and Steve Rodford (Jim's son) on drums. The Zombies just received their second nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Odessey and Oracle produced the group's biggest hit ("Time of the Season"), and became a musical touchstone for generations to come. 50 years later, it brings the four surviving members back together on stage to perform the album in its entirety for the final time.

The book, which will be published by BMG Books and Reel Art Press in March 2017, will include handwritten lyrics for all the songs on Odessey And Oracle, as well as many of their other popular songsLavishly illustrated with rarely seen photos from throughout the band's career, the volume also includes original artwork to accompany the lyrics - from both Terry Quirk who created the iconic cover for Odessey and Oracle, and Vivienne Boucherat, who created individual works for each O&O song. The book's text will include anecdotes behind the songs and their recording, all from the original members, as well as reflections from Brian Wilson, Nate Ruess, Clive Davis, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, and many others. The Foreword was written by Tom Petty.

The Odessey and Oracle is being reissued for the first time on CD in digipak on March 17th. Bonus tracks on the CD include alternate versions and outtakes from the original recording sessions. The booklet contains never seen photos as well as new notes from Andrew Sandoval. A Greatest Hits LP is set to release on April 7th. Both these titles are being released via Varese Sarabande. There will also be a reissue of 'Still Got That Hunger' on vinyl in baby blue which will be ready in time for the tour via The End/BMG.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Chieftains Set to Make Their St. Patrick's Pops a Three-Night Affair in Nashville

"55 years, wow, where have they gone as we’re still going strong", says Paddy Moloney, leader of the six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains. The Chieftains have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. The Chieftains were formed in Ireland in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, one of the top traditional folk musicians in Ireland and around the world. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. After more than fifty five years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. So now The Chieftains are set to embark on their 55th Anniversary Tour in the US beginning in California on February 17th making their way across the US to the east coast with a final show on St. Patrick’s Day in Jacksonville, Florida. Paddy Moloney says, "This tour will have all the musical force of what we’ve accumulated and achieved over the last 55 years, with a few extra gems thrown in for good measure".

As cultural ambassadors, their performances have been linked with seminal historic events, such as being the first Western musicians to perform on the Great Wall of China, participating in Roger Water’s "The Wall" performance in Berlin in 1990 and being the first ensemble to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington DC. In 2010, their experimental collaborations extended to out of this world, when Paddy Moloney’s whistle and Matt Molloy’s flute traveled with NASA astronaut, Cady Coleman, to the international space station. Although their early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variation of their music and accompanying musicians quickly captured a much broader audience, elevating their status to the likeness of fellow Irish band, U2. The Chieftains are never afraid to shock purists and push genre boundaries and the trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains' love of, and loyalty to, their roots however- are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall.

Paddy finishes with, "With this tour of music, song, dance and a few surprises…..our guests are the cream of the crop joining in for a great party". Join The Chieftains at the ornate and lovely Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville March 9 through 11, 2017.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Motorcycle Madness is Set to Descend on Music City

An amazing weekend of motorcycle madness is on tap for Music City. Fans of fun on two-wheels can start out at Music City Center for the Easyriders Custom Motorcycle Show and then jump on over to the Bridgestone Arena to take in the thrills and the spill that Amsoil Arencross has to offer. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

AMSOIL Arenacross is one of the most extreme racing environments in the world with unparalleled levels of competition and a fully engaging environment for fans. These fearless and highly talented athletes will compete on man-made dirt battlegrounds built inside the country's most well-known arenas for 19 nights of high-speed, high flying fierce racing competition. The 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season will consist of a 14-round battle for the coveted Ricky Carmichael Cup. The championship will travel across 13 different states including new stops at Portland, Oregon's Moda Center on March 18, and Sacramento California's Golden 1 Center on April 1.

Easyriders Events proudly announces the Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour’s Third stop at the Nashville Music City Center , located at 201 5th Ave. South. This one day show will be held on Saturday from 10:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. All Tickets for the show will be sold at the door. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event showcasing the newest innovations in custom motorcycle builds mixed with antique, old school and specialty builds. The tour is the most anticipated custom motorcycle show circuit of its kind in the country, uniquely offering local "backyard" builders a forum to compete and show their works of motorized art side-by-side with some of the biggest names in the custom motorcycle world. Basic bike show competition entry is free of charge and all bikes are voted on by the attending public as well as judged by Editors of Easyriders, V-Twin and Road Iron magazines, who will be scouting for bikes and builders to feature.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Johnny Neel Preps "66/16" with CD Release Party in Nashville

FOR THIS SPECIAL NIGHT ONLY, we are excited to announce the REUNITING, for the first time in over 20 years, "Johnny Neel & The Last Word". The nationally known guitarist Jack Pearson and the phenomenal female vocalists Nanette Bohannon, Kelli Bruce and Vickie Carrico (currently with Nanette Bohannon and The Soul Key), will reunite with Johnny Neel to celebrate the CD release of "66/16". Also helping Johnny celebrate the evening is The Criminal Element, Randy Boen on guitar, Russell Wright on bass and Curt Redding on drums, all amazingly talented players. Other surprise guests will be stopping by! This milestone evening promises to be unbelievably powerful, emotional, and guaranteed to blow the musical doors off this place!

"66/16" is a collection of Johnny Neel songs over the span of 50 years, starting from 1966 to 2016. Born blind, musically gifted and overflowing with soul, Johnny Neel cut his first record at the age of 12. To celebrate 50 Years of Music, Johnny picked his favorite songs from each generation to make up this double CD of 32 songs, titled "66/16". This collection of songs not only shows off the growth and strength of his voice and keyboard skills, it also takes you through the music style changes, as well as the changes happening in our world, over the past 50 years. From 60s Pop 45s to Vietnam Rock Ballads - From Funky Psycodeilac to Southern Rock and Blues, topping it off with a surprising, soul-stirring piano solo, guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Although an amazingly gifted pianist, B-3 organist, and harmonica player, Neel is best known for his songwriting. Formerly with Allman Brothers Band, Neel is a Grammy Award Winning Keyboardist, Singer/Songwriter. Among other chart topping hits, Neel co-wrote several songs on the Allman Brothers Seven Turns album including "Good Clean Fun" with Allman and Betts, which provided the Allman Brothers their first #1 hit in over 15 years.

After Johnny's tenure with Allman Brothers Band, he formed his own band, The Last Word, which included the well-known, extraordinarily talented members Jack Pearson (also a former member of ABB), Tim Loftin, Nanette Bohannon, Keli Bruce and Vickie Carrico. They played to sold out crowds everywhere they went. Johnny Neel and The Last Word recorded two albums in the mid-90s. The second album "Comin' Atcha", was recorded LIVE to a sold out crowd at Nashville's Sutler.

Today, Johnny Neel is well-known for his Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Country and Southern Rock all fused into one deep-rooted sound, renders him sought after by many top music industry professionals across the globe.

Many of Neel's songs have been recorded by such artist's as Montgomery Gentry, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, Dickey Betts, Michael McDonald, John Louis Walker, Gov't Mule, as well as cuts with HBO, FOX Sports and Disney. Neel has shared the stage with many great artists such as: BB King, Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and Bruce Willis (yes, the actor). Other musical associations, including songwriting over the years are: Bonnie Riatt, Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, David Allen Coe, Joe Diffie, Keith Whitley, Suzy Bogguss, Ann Peebles, Deep Fried, W.I.N.D, Keith Urban, and the list goes on.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mid-Tennessee All Set to Be Full of Schmit in September

In the past calendar year many of his band-mates who now are the surviving members of the incomparable country-rock group The Eagles have made their way to Music City. So, it's only fitting that the golden-throated bass player Timothy B. Schmit will drop in on Nashville, too.

Yes, Don Henley was at the Ryman last October well in advance of the horrific news that his writing partner and co-god in The Eagles Glenn Frey had passed away unexpectedly in early 2016. Joe Walsh was in town in the summer on a high-octane co-bill with Bad Company. Don Felder recently flew into town to present his "Evening at the Hotel California" extravaganza at the City Winery.

Schmit who brought the hit "I Can't Tell You Why" when he joined the group in the late 70's will literally one-up his friends by playing two big shows in the region. He will follow Felder by settling in for a show at the City Winery on Lafayette Street on Sunday, September 25. 2016. Even more exciting, TBS will be a featured performer on the worldwide webcast of Music City Roots. Clearly this legendary Eagle believes Music City will be the perfect place to launch his most recent release called Leap Of Faith. We can't tell you why but it sounds like a good idea to us!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Janey Street Unveils Her Side of Paradise on Blue Elan Records

"Music is and will always be my life - but I never thought I’d get the chance to make another record." stated Janey Street, whose career took off in the 1980s with several hit singles and videos but she was unable to maintain that same level of success in the years that followed. Yet Janey stayed on the musical path as she moved from New York City to L.A. to Nashville, writing music for movies and TV to surviving on assorted jobs.

Things changed when fan Kirk Pasich who had just launched Blue √Član Records contacted Street with an offer she could not refuse. The mission of Blue Elan Records is to bring "expertise, perseverance, a long history of working with talent and an environment that fosters creativity on the artist’s terms." An ideal label for Janey.

"It was like this whole bunch of songs just exploded and flowed out of me," she continues. "Making the record was magic. And because the label is so cool and progressive, because they trusted me and my songs and my producer Dave Darling, we made a killer record. It has been an amazing time of creative energy and having good folks around me - something I hadn’t felt in a long time."

My Side Of Paradise features a talented team of players and songwriting friends. The 13-track album packs a punch with honest lyrics about the highs and lows of life. Street’s vocals run the range from graceful to gritty which adds more realism to her words. The CD opens with the strong storytelling of "Among The Missing" followed by "Good Side" a catchy love song. Other highlights include the insightful "Grand Delusion" flowing into the swaggering title track. "Scat Like Ella" pays tribute to Ella and others all backed by a danceable retro disco beat." My Side Of Paradise is a solid record coming from the heart and soul of a true artist.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Strangers You Know and The Mowgli's: Two Hot Bands Set to Hit Nashville as Things Heat Up in Music City

Two of the hottest new bands are set to show their stuff in Music City in June. First up is the California indie pop-rock band THE MOWGLI'S who will be bringing their spring tour to the Musicians Corner at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN for a free all-ages show on Saturday, June 4. Known for their laid-back mix of sunny West Coast pop, garage rock and 60's Laurel Canyon folk sound, the six-piece group just released their single "Freakin' Me Out," available at iTunes now. The summer-ready track is the first off THE MOWGLI'S third as-yet-untitled album due out this fall on Photo Finish Records.

Next up is Strangers You Know who will be at Exit/In of June 26 to headline here following a successful debut at Coachella. The indie pop/folk/electro duo released their latest EP LOOSEN UP THE LEASH earlier this year to solid reviews. The pair - Grady Lee (vocals, guitar) and Adam Haagen (piano, guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin) - met three years ago by happenstance in the heart of the desert as attendees of the iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Bonding over synths, beats, guitars, lyrics and melody, the foundation of STRANGERS YOU KNOW was born.

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